At New Chapter we aim to ensure that all pupils are taught the mathematical skills necessary to enable them to use mathematics fluently in everyday life and to apply those skills in problem solving and reasoning.
Our maths curriculum has been designed to meet the aims of the National Curriculum for each year group. Each of the key maths subject areas has been carefully mapped out so that children can build on prior knowledge and develop new skills each half term, so that they are able to progress to their expected level by the end of the year.
During daily lessons, children are taught how to reason mathematically through problem solving which becomes more complex as they progress through the curriculum. They are encouraged to talk about their maths learning, thereby developing their use of maths vocabulary which in turn supports their ability to reason effectively and record their ideas coherently. Regular additional core maths sessions enable children to practise both mental and written methods to support their fluency in arithmetic. Physical resources are available in all year groups to support the embedding of children’s conceptual understanding before moving on to more abstract recording of concepts.
We use our creative curriculum to enable children to make links between their mathematics learning and other subject areas where possible. For example: in year 1, children use their measuring skills to investigate the height of seeds that they have planted and to measure out the correct amount of water that the plants need to grow; in year 3, the children use their knowledge of 3D shape to investigate how pyramids were built; and in year 5, children record their heart rates before and after exercise and plot and analyse this information using a line graph. Last year we also had a maths theme for World Book Day and explored maths concepts using our favourite stories.